Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail

MODERATE 69 reviews
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Morrell Falls National Recreation Trail is a 6.9 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Seeley Lake, Montana that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from June until October. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.

6.9 miles
498 feet
Out & Back

dog friendly



horseback riding

mountain biking

rock climbing






wild flowers




The trail is easy yes but there are a lot of exposed tree roots and a fairly steep section of trail. Watch for horses in the summer and the occasional bicyclist.

1 day ago

Beautiful hike, pretty easy. My old St. Bernard handled it well with nice lakes to stop at for him to cool off. A lot of char from fires last year but still super pretty. Falls are worth every step.

6 days ago

Great hike! Mostly flat trail with a lake along the way and a pretty waterfall at the end. Low traffic and we got the waterfall area to ourselves.

8 days ago

This was a great flat hike, there was some elevation as you approach the waterfall but easy for little kids to hike. The scenery to the waterfall was not so pretty due to the forest fire from 2017 but the end of the trail was well worth the hike. I found some mushrooms and new growth along the way

11 days ago

Has a haunting beauty due to the fire that ravaged it last year. Still absolutely worth doing!! The water fall is a real treat.

23 days ago

Great hike with nice waterfall view at the end.

trail running
1 month ago

we ran this trail. there's a few steeper hills and had to watch where you landed. it was a beautiful run even with the char from the fire. loved the falls it was a great halfway break.

1 month ago

just did this hike today 6/18/18 I've gone here for several years in a row. Five stars cause it really is a perfect moderate hike to nice falls. However it is not as pretty since the fire, but oh well, still a great hike!

1 month ago


2 months ago

Fun and kid friendly hike. Pretty flat, trail is wide and in good shape. The fire burned through here, so the forest isn’t really there anymore in a lot of this area. Still a great hike, flowers, water, morel mushrooms.....the falls are amazing. My GPS said 6 miles round trip.

2 months ago

Love hiking up here but it’s too bad the fire happened still a great hike.

2 months ago

Great easy hike. Unfortunately the fire in 2017 burned most of the forest along this trail... Trees have fallen across the path for at least the first mile requiring a little extra effort until they clear them. Thankfully the bridge is untouched and the falls are still gorgeous. Raging this time of year!

9 months ago

Easy hike. I recommend following the waterfalls up the mountain, most people stop at the first.

9 months ago

One of my favorites, with great views! easy for all ages

Sunday, June 25, 2017

We took our 7year old grandson, who had no issues with the length. The falls are amazing!!!

Monday, June 05, 2017

Hike that can be done without any pack if you wanted to go minimalist. Easy and flat enough to take young children on; very safe, wide, well maintained, and stable trail.

Monday, May 29, 2017

love this hike!

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

Really liked this trail to the Falls. You walk through an area of dead fall trees and then up the ridge and down to Morrell Lake. You make a left on the trail to continue to the Falls. Over a bridge and around to the Falls. The spring melt was in full force an the falls were overflowing and powerful as shown by the pictures attached. Well worth the trip.

Monday, May 08, 2017

The only difficulty of this home is it's length. You do walk through some large beetle kill standing timber which is cool. There is a pin towards the end that would be difficult to fish. You will not be alone on this trip.

Friday, March 03, 2017

beautiful usually traffic but beautiful

Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Awesome hike. Spring is the best time. less bugs and the falls are spectacular

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Great hike. Not strenuous. About 6 miles or so round trip to the water falls which were awesome. Bear country but no signs today, the berries weren't quite ripe yet though. Our 9, 6 and 4 year olds had fun on this hike even with getting rained on the whole way back.

Monday, August 01, 2016

beautiful, easy hike... not steep or very difficult. A few areas where there is an incline. Falls are very beautiful! A lot of traffic on the trail when we went, but still a sight!

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Very fun hike to a beautiful waterfall, trail was packed with people. Pretty easy with very little short spurts of intermediate hills. Loved it. Dog loved it. Great hike!

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

This is one of my favorite hikes - absolutely breathtaking

Thursday, July 21, 2016


Thursday, July 14, 2016

it was so great. i think one of the best hikes i have ever been on. so pretty and pretty moderate.

Saturday, July 09, 2016

Rated as moderate, but I would call it easy. It is a good family hike. Great places to stop and relax along the way. Don't forget bug spray and bear spray. Morrell Creek drainage is known for grizzly bears.

Monday, March 14, 2016

A day-hike that is suitable for all skill levels, Morrell Falls lets you experience several different aspects of a forest. From tight-in trees, to marshy open areas. Starts out rather dry, then very moist as you approach the falls. Depending on time of year, the volume of water over the falls will vary. With high water in the spring, you can also count on the roads being muddy as well. Lastly - mosquitoes are HORRIBLE in June and July.

mountain biking
Thursday, September 10, 2015

6ish miles from parking to the falls. Beautiful woods and the water features are a wonderful surprise as you go along the trail. The tree roots are plentiful and large. We rate this trail better than moderate for bikes and moderate for hikes. Kids would not enjoy a bike ride here, but a hike would be fun. The falls are worth every hard earned pedal and step of the one mile elevation change. The round trip took us about 2.5 hours on our bikes.

Wednesday, September 02, 2015

The falls were perfect when we were there. It was an easy hike for me but maybe moderate for others. We had it all to ourselves late in the day. We only saw one other small group the entire time. We really enjoyed it.

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